It all started with one member who came to Mzimba Anglican Church like a missionary—Veronica Mossolin is her name.
She introduced herself as a member of St Veronica. St Veronica was a new word to most women and it attracted more attention to those who did not belonging to Mothers Union.
Those who volunteered had to undergo teachings. Three months seemed like a decade for newly joined members, no wonder along the way some were discouraged and dropped.
It took those with courage like St Veronica herself to forge a head and complete the mission. The journey started with 11 members and it has ended with six receiving their gird.
The willingness of most women in the church created fear among MU members and threatened some members to leave the group.
Thanks to Fr. Chitowe who stood by their side and encouraged them strongly to stand by their calling.
Special praise to Bishops’ consent to allow the rebirth of St Veronica in the diocese. He indicated that they will be pioneers of new version of the St Veronica. The old version is in Likoma where it surfaces only during funerals and Easters.
One may wonder who these pioneers are, Agnes Banda, Sarah Mzima, Maria Chirwa, Emily Chirwa, Zithe Nkhoma and Martha Nkhoma are the courageous ones.
The St Veronica Ambassador’s from upper shire diocese witnessed the commission of six pioneers and their names can not easily Forgotten…Nancy Katawa (president) from Mpemba Parish, Mercy Daudi vice president from Chilomoni Parish, Susannah Mdazepa Treasurer from St Pauls Cathedral and From Ellen Millas Chairperson from Chilimba Parish. Special thanks goes to Bishop Alinafe Kalemba for encouraging the St Veronica members to attend the service in Mzimba.
Fr. Chitowe did not hesitate putting gird in their necks as this symbolized the growth of his station. He encouraged them to keep their lamps ever shining regardless of the hardships they may face.
The ceremony ended with feasting. There was lots of braai, tea, soft drinks and hard food and the church danced in jubilation.
The main objectives of St Veronica is to assist the sick, elderly, and weak and be committed to work of the Jesus Christ.
Written by Julius Banda-Warden
MU Members finally welcomes the rebirth of St Veronica. The party is new of its Kind in northern Malawi diocese.
St Veronica was formed by MU members in Malosa to carter the group of women that were nonpartisan in the church. Those they neither belong to Mothers union nor St Agness.
Archdeaconry leader Annie Juta Encouraged peaceful dialogue among the parties in times of misunderstanding and welcomed the members.
The parties are one, just by the look of their unions tells. Happiness covered their faces as they waved their visitors’ way home to BT.